Sunday, September 10, 2006

"Crocodile Hunter" Irwin dies

“Crocodile Hunter”
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"Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, killed in a stingray attack last week, knew the risks involved in his work and often discussed the possibility he might die doing it.

The 44-year-old star was being filmed for a new TV program as he swam with a stingray on the Great Barrier Reef Monday when it lashed out with its tail, plunging a poisonous barb into his chest. He died within minutes.

In the first public comments by Irwin's family since the tragedy, the elder Irwin, who started the wildlife park that his son turned into a major tourist attraction, said Wednesday both were aware of the inherent dangers of their occupation.

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